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Is My Child Ready To Potty Train? 8 Signs That Your Child Is Ready To Use The Potty!
Is My Child Ready To Start Potty Training?
You're ready But is Your Baby?
Remember when your baby was first born, and there diapers were so tiny and cute? You probably wondered why everyone makes such a big deal about it! Then one fateful day your baby pooped, it went everywhere, and you realized how much you hated diapers!
It's no secret that parents are ready for their kids to be potty trained, well before their child is ready! However, it is important to wait for them to start showing signs of readiness, otherwise your just going to deter them from ever wanting to use a toilet! Some children may start showing signs as early as two years, while others might not want anything to do with it until almost four years!
Below you will find a list of signs to look for, but it is important to remember that just because you are ready to throw the diapers away for good, your child may not be ready to potty train! That is okay! Just be patient, and keep reintroducing them to the toilet, they will get it eventually!
1. Basic Understanding Skills
Can your child follow simple directions such as put the toy in the basket or give Elmo a kiss on the belly? Your baby needs to have an understanding of the world around them and how to follow direction in this world. Otherwise, how will they be expected to know that they have to ask to go pee, on the potty, in the bathroom?
2. What's That / Is It Mine?
Does your child show interest in the potty? Do they show signs of understanding what the potty is and what you use it for? Or have the become curios about the toilet and what you are doing on it? You should begin talking about what the toilet is and what it is used for when you notice these behaviors.
3. Longer Dry Spells
Your toddler will need to be able to stay dry for long periods of time when they are no longer in diapers. Longer dry times between diapers is a good indicator that your child might be ready to start wearing underwear. Expect accidents at first but it is easier to train a child in underpants rather then diapers because old habits die hard!
4. Going On A Schedule
Your child's success rate does not depend on them alone! A lot of it depends on you and your ability to anticipate when they are going to be most likely to use the potty. Waiting until your toddler has a normal BM schedule will help you to catch them at the right time!
5. Dresses/Undresses Themselves
Can your wee one get undressed on their own? Do they at least try to? Training will be much easier if your toddler can pull their pants up and down on their own!
6. Poop Goes Here
Your baby will need to understand their bodily functions before you can even think about training. They should know what poo/pee is and might even be telling you when they go in their diaper. If they cannot tell you when they have peed in their diaper, how can they tell you they have to go to the potty?
7. No More Yucky Diapers!
A good sign that your toddler will be sucessful at training is when they start to become uncomfortable with dirty diapers. They will probably be trying to take them off themselves at this stage in their development. When you notice them not wanting to stay in a soiled diaper for any length of time , jump on the potty train!
8. Starts Communicating About The Potty/ Need To Go
Most children will be able to talk at least a small amount when they are ready to begin using the toilet and this is important. Even if your child is a late talker and cannot tell you when they have to go to the potty, they should be able to at least give you non-verbal cues of some kind. Without a basic communication of some sort you wont succeed.
Children Love to Imitate Adults!
It is never to early to lay the foundation for toilet training. Grab some children's books on going to the potty, and read them to our child at bedtime to peak their curiosity. Talk to them about what you are doing when they follow you into the bathroom, and allow them to ask questions about the potty. Tell them stories about how someday they too will wear big girl/boy pants just like Mommy and Daddy!
Toddlers love to do what you do and to be included in adult activities and you can use this to your advantage! If you can make your toddler feel included, give them the time they need without feeling pressured, make it seem like a fun game instead of a chore, and be patient through the process your child will be unlikely to fail!
Can't Take Everyone's Advice!
Everyone and their Mother (and Grandmother), will have their own advice and opinion on when to start the process of potty training. However, at the end of the day, you are the only one who knows your child. You will notice small signs that will let you know when to begin toilet training.
Just remember that potty training is a long ordeal, and your kid will not get it overnight! There will be accidents! There will be pee on the floor and pretty much anywhere else in the house! It is important for you to not show frustration! You must be patient and understanding or your baby will fail! The more comfortable you make them feel, the more likely they are to be successful, and the closer you will be to the day you can finally burn the diapers!
Great Potty Training Video For Toddlers To Watch
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